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Crito's failure to deliberate socratically

Hatzistavrou, Antony



In comparison to the speech of the Laws the dialectic between Crito and Socrates at the beginning of the Crito has received little attention. In this paper I argue that it contains an important philosophical message. It illustrates that the many's failure to follow Socrates' principles, like his principle of non-retaliation, is due to the intrinsic fragility of true beliefs. Though the many can understand Socrates' values and may accept his principles if he argues with them long enough, they may fail to hold onto his principles when confronted with the difficulties of life. Crito's failure to deliberate socratically at the beginning of the Crito exemplifies the many's predicament.


Hatzistavrou, A. (2013). Crito's failure to deliberate socratically. Classical Quarterly, 63(2), 580-594.

Online Publication Date Nov 8, 2013
Publication Date 2013-12
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Classical quarterly
Print ISSN 0009-8388
Electronic ISSN 1471-6844
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Issue 2
Pages 580-594
Keywords Philosophy; Classics; Literature and Literary Theory; History
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Additional Information Copy of article first published in Classical quarterly, 2013, v.63, issue 2


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